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Class of 1971

  • CAS class correspondent: Zørch BS ’71

    Next summer marks the 50th anniversary of our class graduation. Now is the time to start planning for this milestone. I highly recommend attending the reunion, and I suggest that you make the effort now to reach out and contact those classmates that you would like to reconnect with. So many memories, so many stories to be told, so many amazing classmates. I encourage your participation. As part of my preparations, my wife and I just moved from California to Sherwood, Oregon, making it that much easier for us to attend. (You don’t have to go to those lengths; maybe we will have to give an award to the classmate that travels the furthest to attend). Oh, yes, here are updates from a few of our classmates. As you read these, we welcome your submission which will appear here in about six months.

    -January 2020

    • 10/13/2017

      Dan Andrist BS ’71 is retired, avoiding stress, keeping house, and tending to his rooftop garden in San Francisco. He enjoys playing the piano, friendly lunches, and the company of dark-eyed juncos (a type of lively sparrow). After obtaining a BA from Art Center College of Design, practicing graphic design in various applications and global locations, writing a suite of 18 carols for piano solo, and spending 10 years as a volunteer with elementary school art classes, Andrist decided it was time to leave the stage.

    • 10/13/2017

      Diane Brown ’71 has worked as a trusts and estates lawyer with her own practice since 1986. She is engaged to Elaine Brady and has two children, Brett and Claudia, from a previous marriage to Michael. She is a Santa Clara County (California) master gardener and a member of the Los Gatos Morning Rotary Club. When not volunteering, Brown loves to travel.

    • 02/22/2019

      Janet Burgess BA ’71 writes: “I’m amazed at how fast the years fly by! Now, after 32 years in education and 10 years in consulting, writing, and working with teaching teams, I face another retirement. When I retired the first time, I wondered, ‘What should I do with all of this professional knowledge?’ Retirement has allowed me to control my time and find ways to share with others. Ten years later, after consulting, working with teacher teams, mentoring several aspiring leaders, and collaborating on two writing projects with a teacher colleague, four books on leadership were published. What a fabulous second career that has been! This latest edition, Leading the Parade! Teachers Connecting People, Purpose and Practice begins with a favorite William Stafford poem, ‘A Ritual to Read to Each Other.’ Writing aside, my husband, Pete Lorain, a retired administrator and author himself, and I raised his two sons in Beaverton, Oregon, where we now enjoy watching our one grandson tackle first grade and all that entails! I’m a devoted yoga enthusiast, an avid reader, and a dedicated volunteer at the Tualatin Community Warehouse, a furniture bank that makes good use of used goods, supporting those in need as they set up a home. There’s another truth about retirement: I can contribute to my community and the people in it by being an enthusiastic volunteer who cheers on and supports others who are making a difference. As I move into this third stage of life, the age of contentment, that’s a delicious discovery!”

    • 10/13/2017

      Susan Burke BS ’71 sends her salutations to friends of the class of ’71. She loves her music-filled life as a Celtic fiddler, playing for dances and other happy occasions. Burke and her husband, John, who plays bluegrass fiddle, moved from their longtime country home a few years ago after raising their two daughters. Now in Bothell, Washington, they host traditional Irish music sessions and house concerts for touring musicians. Burke continues to love painting and just completed a series on Ireland, which includes some pieces based on photos from the 1968–69 Ireland overseas study program. She “remembers that life-changing trip and cherishes the memories of our adventures there.” Burke has lived in the Seattle area since receiving her MSW from Michigan State University. She has worked in human services, increasing access to health care for indigent families, teaching workshops, and eventually transitioning from management to counseling. After more than 20 years in private practice, she retired to work in music and art. Burke says “life has been full of surprises. If I’d known at L&C that I would be able to play this much music, I would have started practicing.”

    • 06/28/2018

      David Campiche BA ’71 writes: “Our backyard is Willapa Bay, Washington. My lovely wife, Laurie Anderson, has remained my partner in life–and in our country inn–for 40 years. The inn [known as the Shelburne Hotel], which has been in constant business since 1896, has received many awards, both regionally and nationally. We recently leased the inn, but we still run a stunning, but smaller, B&B called China Beach Retreat at the mouth of the Columbia River. It sits at the westerly end of the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail. As William Clark said, ‘Ocean in view! Oh! The joy!’ When not running this beautiful property, I write a monthly column for the Daily Astorian and have remained loyal to my artwork as a potter and sculptor. I met artist Toshiko Takeazu on the college’s New York program in in 1970, and she changed my life. So did professors Ken Shores and John Brown. Pottery and the art of clay form has become a zen pursuit, a raison d’etre. This past summer, I had a retrospective show at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum in Ilwaco, Washington. Many of my poems have been published, and I am finishing up my first novel. Meanwhile, I remain active in regional environmental issues. Laurie and I have three sons and a cat. I love the fact that life is as complex as a good pinot noir. There are a number of classmates that I haven’t heard from since graduation. I hope they might reach out. I toast good friendships, and hope to visit with you soon.”

    • 12/13/2019

      Katy Crane BS ’71 was the keynote speaker at the December 2019 Portland Business Luncheon. She is a mother, grandmother, friend, and neighbor and is a decades-long leader and mentor in the Portland business and faith communities. The luncheon series is a monthly gathering of Portland business community members to foster community and pursue spiritual fulfillment. 

    • 01/22/2020

      Leslie Culbertson BA ’71 recently retired from a nearly 41-year career at Intel Corporation. She joined Intel in 1979 as an accounting manager and spent most of her career in finance, eventually working her way up to corporate vice president and director in Intel’s finance division. In the latter role, she oversaw corporate finance, including external reporting, compliance, and policy; operational finance for Intel’s business units; and global tax and trade. Culbertson writes: “I have been lucky enough to have had several other interesting roles at Intel, including spending time as the general manager for systems manufacturing, where I was responsible for Intel’s entire supply chain for board and system products, and as the vice president and director of materials and procurement, where I was responsible for intel’s worldwide direct and indirect procurement. Over the past few years, I served as a senior vice president and chief human resources officer, where I was responsible for Intel’s policies and programs related to human resources around the world and most recently as an executive vice president and general manager of Intel’s product assurance and security group, leading our response to security challenges in Intel’s product portfolio.” Prior to Intel, Culbertson worked for British Petroleum/Standard Oil in Ohio. She and her husband, Jay Culbertson, recently moved from Oregon to Nevada. Her son and daughter-in-law both serve in the U.S. Marine Corps. In retirement, the Culbertsons spend lots of time golfing, traveling, and enjoying their two grandchildren in the San Diego area.

    • 01/08/2018

      Leslie Culbertson BA ’71, chief of human resources at Intel, is now running the company’s product assurance and security division.

    • 10/13/2017

      Kathleen Doyle Manolescu BA ’71 still enjoys working on LEADING THE WAY—the Wisdom of the Navajo People, a teaching magazine she started 15 years ago to help celebrate and preserve Navajo language and culture. The magazine can be used with students of all ages, from elementary school through college. Manolescu says,“It’s been a privilege working with the Navajo people for 22 years. I wouldn’t have been able to do my work were it not for the overseas study program I attended at Lewis & Clark.”

    • 10/13/2017

      Linda Eterman BM ’71, after retiring in 2012 from a career teaching music in Oregon, Amsterdam, and Vancouver, has traveled extensively. In March, she visited the host family she met in Japan in 1969 as part of Lewis & Clark’s overseas study program. In May, she toured Transylvania with her church choir. Eterman has lived in North Vancouver, British Columbia, since 1977.

    • 02/22/2019

      Pam Safford Ginter BA ’71 writes: “We’re getting our major snowfall now, so driving is a little tricky at times. I use the library computers as I don’t have one. I taught in Montessori-oriented preschool and kindergarten programs in San Diego, California, and Bend, Oregon, for 30 years. I moved back to Bend to be closer to my two daughters and thrive in the Central Oregon environment. I am indebted to my professors at Lewis & Clark for inspiring me in my chosen profession.” Ginter is presently substitute teaching in the Bend-La Pine Schools. She adds that she really enjoys reading the Chronicle’s class notes section and strongly encourages her classmates to submit their updates.

    • 07/14/2019

      Sandy Weronko Halonen BA ’71 writes: “Married to Bryce in 1976. Was library director at Willamette University and executive director of NEDCO, a nonprofit community development organization. Retired in December 2009. Has lived on 40 wooded areas near Monroe, Oregon, since 1986. Now spends time gardening, spinning and knitting, reading, and traveling abroad. Recent travels include India, the Himalayas, Botswana, South Africa, Scandinavia, and aboard a Russian icebreaker around the Siberian coast and Wrangel Island.”

    • 06/28/2018

      Carol Hartmann Iverson BA ’71 taught school in Wrangell, Alaska, following graduation. She married her first husband and had one daughter. After several years there, she divorced and found her way back to Oregon, where she remarried. She taught in a four-room country school (“an amazing adventure”) for the next 19 years. Her last school was a bit larger, but still had the small school flavor. Iverson is now retired but still keeps in touch with many of her former students, some of whom are over 50 years old. Her current passion is singing barbershop harmonies. She has belonged to several Sweet Adelines choruses and has been in at least five quartets. Iverson is a lifetime member of Sweet Adelines International and loves to sing as well as watch competitions and performances. Her grown daughter just joined a Sweet Adelines chorus in Walnut Creek, California, and performed in the regional competition in Nevada, making it a family tradition. She loves to be remembered by her college nickname, “Charlie.” She is called “Chas” by her barbershop friends. At L&C, she says funny names were the norm: Charlie, Squish, Zørch, to name a few.

    • 06/28/2018

      Cliff Johannsen BS ’71, MEd ’74 married Linda Newman BA ’71, JD ’90 in 1971, and they were together until Linda died in 2008. This marriage produced two daughters, Brynne and Amelia, and two grandchildren. Since 2011, he has been in a domestic partnership with Elizabeth Toness, whom he plans to marry in 2019. After earning a master’s degree in counseling, Johannsen worked as a group and marriage and family therapist. After earning his doctorate in psychology in 1982, he worked in two forensic hospitals and a community mental health program. Over the years, he has worked as a hospital administrator and a clinical director of wilderness therapy and substance abuse programs. Johannsen has been active in his field’s leadership at the state and national levels since 1989 and has been in private practice since 1995. He occasionally moonlights as a whitewater rafting guide. Although the Rogue is his home river, his favorite rivers to run have been the Middle Fork of the Idaho Salmon and the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. In addition, Johannsen builds and races vintage SAAB automobiles. He also enjoys travel and has visited various locations in North America, Ireland, Scotland, England, Holland, France, Spain, Italy, and Korea. At the time of this writing, he was looking forward to the reunion of the 1968-69 L&C overseas study program to Austria.

    • 02/01/2018

      Piers Lahey BA ’71 has been a Catholic priest for 35 years and is currently pastor of a heavily Filipino parish in Daly City, near San Francisco. His younger brother Denis is the abbot of Hartford Street Zen Center in the Castro District of San Francisco. Lahey recently spent eight days in the hospital with atrial fibrillation. He describes this as “a new and unexpected development, I guess my introduction to the ‘Golden Years,’ if there is or ever was such a reality.” Lahey tells us he’s still passionately interested in radio after his experiences at L&C’s online radio station, KLC, and he is a faithful listener to San Francisco’s 104.5 KFOG-FM, which reminds him of the campus station. In closing, Lahey shares a tale from his years at L&C: “In the crucial, terrible year of 1968, several of us from KLC were able to arrange an exclusive interview with Walter Cronkite at the Benson Hotel. As we walked down the hallway to our elevator, we saw two men and a large dog. They turned out to be Senator Robert Kennedy, his press secretary Pierre Salinger, and one of those pointers/setters that Kennedy loved. I will never forget how exhausted the senator looked in the elevator, but he was incredibly gracious to us, and when the elevator doors opened, the senator, pro that he was, moved right in to speak with CBS News.”

    • 07/14/2019

      Richard Moore BS ’71 writes: “As tempting as it is to report on all my cool escapades over the last 50 years, it seems a bit self-serving. I wrestle daily with the question, “What if it isn’t all about me?” But if you want to peek through that window, just go to youtube.com and search moorerichard001. You’ll find a very colorful and musical depiction of my life’s work as a songwriter and dilettante. My latest project is an off-grid tree house on Abiqua Creek, an hour south of Portland. Life is a grand blessing, and retirement is recess with a debit card. Still married to Val Huddleston BA ’70, retired Pio cheerleader and most excellent spouse of 34 years. Stay in touch with your college pals, it’s well worth the effort.”

    • 08/16/2019

      Richard Moore BS ’71 and fellow musician Cal Scott BA ’72 performed in fall 2019 at the Northwind Arts Center in Port Townsend, Washington. After meeting at Lewis & Clark, Scott and Moore each pursued careers in music, with their paths frequently crossing. Moore, upon returning from musical tours of Asia and Europe, earned a living doing voice-over work. He has also written and composed a stage musical about Portland and released four albums.

    • 10/13/2017

      Paul Nelson BA ’71 has retired after practicing law in San Francisco for 43 years. His practice emphasized business litigation, class actions, and insurance coverage. He was also the national litigation counsel for a large segment of the ski industry. Nelson and his wife, Mary, live in Piedmont, California, where they raised three sons, all married. They have two granddaughters.

    • 09/08/2016

      Thomas H. Nilsen BA ’71, September 7, 2016, age 67. Nilsen, a fluent Spanish speaker, taught in public and private schools in Texas and briefly in Mexico. Survivors include his mother, Maude; his siblings, Carolyn and Peter; and his nephew, Kai.

    • 01/22/2020

      Betsy Ramsey BS ’71 is close to several of her Lewis & Clark classmates. Her sister, Cathy Quackenbush BS ’71, and her brother, Mack Ramsey BA ’76, both attended L&C, as well as her husband, Don Ruff BA ’70. Ramsey retired in 2015, after a 40-year career as a research associate at Oregon Health & Science University and the Knight Cancer Institute. She lives in Portland near her two grandchildren and volunteers as an information specialist with the International Dyslexia Association.

    • 11/30/2019

      Cathy Ramsey Quackenbush BA ’71 celebrated a 50-year reunion in October 2019 with her Lewis & Clark roommates, Beth Case Warters BA ’72 and Mary Lindahl Ruhl BA ’72. Warters and Ruhl traveled from the West Coast to join Quackenbush at her home in Boston, where they caught up on the last five decades while touring museums and historical sites. Next, the trio visited Quechee, Vermont, to hike and take in the fall foliage. “We discovered that the shared values and interests that brought us together at Lewis & Clark and to Israel to study made for a wonderful shared experience 50 years later,” writes Warters. “We all three came away feeling blessed and amazed.” Quackenbush is married to Paul Quackenbush BS ’73. After teaching for several years, she became a Presbyterian minister and served as pastor to congregations in Mill City and West Linn, Oregon. She retired in 2015, following five years as stated clerk of the Presbytery of the Cascades. She now lives close to her two grandchildren and volunteers for organizations serving the unhoused.

    • 02/01/2018

      Tina Shalizi BA ’71, MAT ’72 worked with deaf students in Southern California and New Mexico after graduating from L&C. She found it a rewarding and challenging experience. Following her retirement from special education, Shalizi was fortunate to work as the director of alumni and parent relations at St. John’s College in Santa Fe. She says she had the opportunity to work with some amazing young people. Along the way, she was also a volunteer firefighter/medic, as well as a judge for women’s gymnastics. She has one daughter, who lives in Southern California and is a fashion designer. Now fully retired, Shalizi and her husband have traveled to Peru, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, and southern Africa. In her free time, she enjoys tennis, hiking, and Pilates.

    • 07/14/2019

      Tom Sherwin BA ’71, JD ’74 writes: “Yes, still active. Thirtieth year in practice as CEOResourcesInc.com. Not imaginative enough to have any idea what I would do if I retired, so I keep on doing something I really enjoy. My daughter, Mary, (yes I was a late-in-life dad), is entering her third year at Connecticut College. Think L&C, only overlooking the Thames River rather than the Willamette. Same liberal arts basis with 1,900 students. Ninety miles from home rather than 3,000! She’s going to Amsterdam in the spring to pursue her interest in social justice. I worked to bring together the first Japan ’69 group reunion (21 of 23 living members attended) as part of the L&C 150th Anniversary. It was very fulfilling for all of us.”